When ripe, these large nuts fall to the forest floor, where they are harvested by hand before being soaked in forest river stream to soften the hard shell. Once opened, the seeds are sun-dried for several days before being transported to our community-based, zero-waste processing unit. Here, the seeds are processed in simple oil presses and vacuum filtered to obtain a pure, raw product. After obtaining the raw illipe butter, it is refined, deodorized and decolorised in a certified organic refinery.
Illipe Butter is traditionally used to moisturize the skin, to heal sores and sunburn, and also as a flavor-enhancer for traditional dishes.